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A look at some of the recommendations to improve hockey by NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee






Some of the recommendations from Tuesday’s NHL/NHLPA competition committee meeting:

Philadelphia Union Midfielder Ilsinho named MLS Player of the Week



NEW YORK (Monday, June 10, 2019) – Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for the 15th week of the 2019 MLS season.

Ilsinho scored two goals and registered an assist in 37 minutes of action in Philadelphia’s 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday. On the season Ilsinho has now compiled four goals and five assists. Philadelphia sits atop the Eastern Conference with 31 points (9-4-4 overall record).

The Union were trailing 2-0 when Ilsinho entered the match in the 53rd minute, with the midfielder making an immediate impact by providing the assisting pass on Jamiro Monteiro’s 60th minute goal (watch assist).

The Brazilian then scored the equalizing goal in the 61st minute when he dribbled past two defenders into the box and sent a right-footed shot far post (watch goal). Ilsinho capped his super-sub appearance by scoring the game-winning goal in the 71st minute, rebounding a deflected penalty kick attempt and finishing with a left-footed shot to help the Union complete the comeback (watch goal).

Philadelphia returns to regular season action on Wednesday, June 26 when traveling to face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+).

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.



MLS announces Discplinary Decisions for this Week

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decision
NEW YORK (Tuesday, June 11, 2019) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gerso Fernandes in violation of the league’s policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent. Fernandes has been issued an undisclosed fine for his actions in the 32nd minute of Sporting’s match against Toronto FC on June 7 (VIDEO).



Crew SC hosts Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2019 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round tonight













COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC hosts Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of the USL Championship at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11, in a 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match. The match begins at 7:00 p.m. ET and is set to stream exclusively on ESPN+, featuring Tyler Terens and Devon Kerr on the call. Tomorrow’s contest marks the first time the Black & Gold have faced the Riverhounds in a U.S. Open Cup match, as well as the second of four home matches for Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium during the month of June.

Columbus Crew SC begins their run for the Lamar Hunt Open Cup when they take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Tuesday, June 11 at MAPFRE Stadium.

The Black & Gold are coming off of a 2-2 draw against New York City FC. With over three weeks’ rest between their match against NYCFC and their next MLS match, they have been able to take the time to focus on preparing for Tuesday’s match.

As for the Riverhounds, they advanced to the Fourth Round of Open Cup play on Wednesday, May 29, when an 85th-minute goal from Kenardo Forbes put the Hounds past Indy Eleven.

In league play, Pittsburgh currently sits in 14th place of 18 teams in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship with a record of 2-6-2 (8 pts.). On Saturday, June 1 they lost to Indy Eleven 2-1 after going up 1-0 in the first half.

Before Tuesday’s match, the Hounds will play one more USL Championship match when they host Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday, June 8.

“Right now, we are focused on the Open Cup and this next match on Tuesday and getting a win,” said head coach Caleb Porter. “And continuing to grow, work hard in training, and gain confidence.”

When asked about the Riverhounds, Porter emphasized the importance that the team does not take any competition lightly, regardless of division.

“They have some good players, a few guys that have been in the MLS and have experience in the MLS. I know that they are capable,” he said. “They are going to be throwing everything into this game. Every time you see a USL team play an MLS team, there is a lot on the line. They want to prove that they are good enough. We can’t take them lightly.”

With a playoff format, where you must win or go home, teams often play with a different level of intensity.

“The thing with the tournament type of matches,” explained midfielder David Guzman, “is that they are different. They are in many ways similar to international match with the intensity that comes with them and the MLS is playing at a high-level now and is very respected, so the quality of the tournament will continue to elevate.”

The winner of the U.S. Open Cup qualifies directly for the Concacaf Champions League with a chance to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament featuring champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations. And according to Guzman, this is one of the goals for Crew SC.

“We need to win because if you win the Open Cup you get a spot in the [Concacaf Champions League],” he said, “so we are going to go out there and do our best and try to earn that spot.”

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Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz



Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: History of Crew SC’s U.S. Open Cup fourth round opponent

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is an American professional soccer team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1998 and beginning play in 1999, the club plays in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. Since 2013, the Riverhounds have played their home games at the 5,000-seat Highmark Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Station Square. Their current head coach is Bob Lilley. Saint Lucian international David Flavius currently holds the club records for most appearances and goals which he set over his eight seasons with the Riverhounds between 1999 and 2006. In June 2017, the Riverhounds entered into a developmental partnership with the Ocean City Nor’easters of the Premier Development League, running through the 2018 season.

In 2013, the Riverhounds organization announced its intentions to join Major League Soccer by 2023. Highmark Stadium initially seated 3,500 spectators, though the stadium is designed to be capable of being expanded to 18,500.

Team management

Front Office
Owner and interim president Tuffy Shallenberger
General manager Kevin Johnston
Coaching Staff
Head coach Bob Lilley
Assistant coach Dan Visser
Goalkeeping coach Hunter Gilstrap
Riverhounds Development Academy
Academy director Scott Gibson
Academy East director James Meara
Director of goalkeeping Hunter Gilstrap
Director of coaching, East Sterling Flunder
RDA coaches Greg Annan
Nikola Katic
Kevin Kerr
Dave Nicholas
Stephen Okai
Rob Vincent
RDA East coaches Ryan Bradley
Denny Marzano
Brad Smith




Year Division League Record (W–L–D) Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
1999 2 USL A-League 16–12–0 4th, Northeast Quarterfinals Not eligible 4,178
2000 2 USL A-League 10–14–4 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify 2nd Round 3,808
2001 2 USL A-League 10–12–4 3rd, Northern Quarterfinals Quarterfinals 3,226
2002 2 USL A-League 8–15–5 4th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify 2,274
2003 2 USL A-League 15–9–4 3rd, Northeast Did not qualify 3rd Round 1,783
2004 3 USL Pro Soccer League 17–2–1 1st, Atlantic Semifinals Did not qualify 1,475
2005 3 USL Second Division 6–11–3 7th Did not qualify 1st Round 2,236
2006 3 USL Second Division 8–6–6 3rd Semifinals 1st Round 2,232
2007 On Hiatus
2008 3 USL Second Division 4–10–6 8th Did not qualify 2nd Round 1,258
2009 3 USL Second Division 6–10–4 8th Did not qualify 1st Round 1,178
2010 3 USL Second Division 7–8–5 3rd Semifinals 2nd Round 941
2011 3 USL Pro 7–11–6 10th Quarterfinals 2nd Round 1,127
2012 3 USL Pro 4–15–5 10th Did not qualify 2nd Round 984
2013 3 USL Pro 10–8–8 7th Quarterfinals 2nd Round 3,273
2014 3 USL Pro 9–14–5 11th Did not qualify 4th Round 2,686
2015 3 USL 11–9–8 5th, Eastern Conference 1st Round 4th Round 2,630
2016 3 USL 6–17–7 13th, Eastern Did not qualify 2nd Round 2,494
2017 2 USL 8–12–12 13th, Eastern Did not qualify 2nd Round 2,639
2018 2 USL 15–5–14 3rd, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals 3rd Round 2,401


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